HANDELSBLATT EXCLUSIVE

Germany Short Thousands of AI Experts

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German companies are short 5,000 artificial intelligence experts, Wolfgang Wahlster, head of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, told Handelsblatt.

In the automotive sector alone, there’s a need for 3,000 AI experts, Mr. Wahlster said. The retail, media, banking and insurance sectors also have a “tremendous need for AI expertise,” he added.

Mr. Wahlster’s estimates are based on a personal survey of blue-chip DAX-listed companies. His findings come as businesses and researchers from around the world prepare to meet at the Cebit conference in Hanover on Monday to discuss digital trends such as AI.

Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Frauenhofer Society, a renowned research group, also said Germany has some catching up to do in the AI field.

Germany has made progress when it comes to sensors and collecting and saving data, Mr. Neugebauer said, but there are other areas where it’s not keeping pace with the global competition.

When it comes to evaluation – the generation of algorithms through algorithms – there’s catching up to do,” Mr. Neugebauer told Handelsblatt.

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